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What was the Golden Age of Illustration?

Posted on July 5, 2013 at 1:04 PM Comments comments (31)
The Golden Age of Illustration  (roughly the 1880s to the 1920s) was a period of excellence in book and magazine illustration.  The printing press had advanced to the point that illustrations could be reproduced accurately and inexpensively, but photography hadn't quite gotten there yet.  There were many magazines and periodicals along with niche hobby/interest publications too;  all in need of illustrations.

In Europe, Golden Age artists were influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites and the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau movements.

American illustration during this time was largely represented by the Brandywine Valley tradition which was begun by Howard Pyle whom I will profile in the next Blog entry